A new FAA Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO 06014) has been published to emphasize that if pilots plan to take off with polished frost on the wings or control surfaces as currently permitted by regulations, they should do so only in accordance with an aircraft manufacturer’s approved procedures.
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The FAA is trying to interview the pilot of a non-U.S. registered Gulfstream V involved in a Class A runway incursion at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on September 30. During the incident, a departing SkyWest Airlines CRJ700 stopped within about 100 feet of the Gulfstream, which was on the same runway. The Gulfstream then continued on its planned flight to Long Beach, according to an FAA spokesman.
In its new study of the FAA’s aging aircraft program, the DOT Inspector General’s office noted the rules do not cover both private and commercial aircraft with fewer that 30 seats. As an example of non-program aircraft, the study pointed to the Dec.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Wednesday issued an interim order that pushes back a new FAA drug and alcohol testing rule compliance date 10 days, to October 20. The court will use the extension to take a closer look at a filing from the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) that asks for the compliance date to be moved to July 10, 2007.
While the debate continues over how best to fund the next-generation air transportation system, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is of the opinion that “given the diverse nature of the FAA’s activities, a combination of alternative [funding] options may offer the most promise for linking revenues and costs.” In a study released last week, the GAO stated that among the alternatives that the FAA should consider are “user fees.” The GA
Testifying last week before the Senate commerce aviation subcommittee, FAA and general aviation officials downplayed the extent to which the introduction of very light jets (VLJs) will challenge ATC services. Jack Pelton, chairman, president and CEO of Cessna, said VLJs will not “darken the skies,” as many have predicted, place an undue burden on ATC or increase congestion at major airports.
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey yesterday established a forum of airline, labor and medical experts to recommend whether the U.S. should adopt the new International Civil Aviation Organization standard effective November 23 that will allow one of the two pilots in the flight deck to be over age 60, but not over 65. The forum will also determine what actions would be necessary if the FAA were to change its rule.
On Thursday, the FAA plans to release a proposed special FAR (SFAR) mandating recurrent training for all Mitsubishi MU-2 pilots. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will have a short 30-day comment window.
On November 23 the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will adopt an amendment to increase the age limit for airline pilots to 65, provided another crewmember pilot is younger than 60. On September 27 the FAA established an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on the Age 60 issue. Its principal task is to recommend whether the U.S. should adopt the new ICAO standard.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen joined several aviation leaders on Tuesday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., to show a united front against aviation user fees.